GERMANY: Head Into Basket

On the massive desk of old President Paul von Beneckendorff und von Hinden burg last week lay a letter heavy with Dutch seals. It contained a dignified appeal from Wilhelmina Helena Pauline Maria, Queen of The Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau and Duchess of Mecklenburg. Her Majesty asked only what seemed simple Anglo-Saxon Justice. The death penalty, she urged, should not be inflicted retroactively on her famed subject, the dim-witted Dutch brick mason Marinus van der Lubbe. At the time he set fire to the German Reichstag there was no death penalty for...

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